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THA Wants $4.7B from Central Government

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THE Tobago House of Assembly (THA) wants $4.71 billion from central government.

The request was made during the Budget presentation on Monday by Secretary of Finance and the Economy Joel Jack.

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The biggest chuck will go to the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development.

In his 2020/2021 budget presentation, Jack said there was the need to rebuild the Tobago economy after Covid-19.

Joel Jack

The THA is requesting the division, headed by Tracy Davidson-Celestine, receive $801.7 million to help in the fight against Covid-19.

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Jack said, “Covid-19 has upended all previous forecast for the global economy leading to a virtual shutdown of the economy.”

Last year, the THA requested $4.72 billion but received $2.283 billion in the 2020 national budget.

Budget requests 2020/2021:

Assembly Legislature – $24.8 million

Office of the Chief Secretary – $167.4 million

Finance and the Economy – $291.7 million

Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries – $276.5 million

Tourism, Culture and Transportation – $234.7 million

Education, Innovation and Energy – $525.6 million

Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour – $118.4 million

Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment – $475 million

Health, Wellness and Family Development – $801.7 million

Settlements, Urban Renewal and Public Utilities – $41.2 million

Sport and Youth Affairs – $104. 9 million

Unemployment Relief Programme – $71 million

CEPEP – $43 million

Expenditure Estimates:

Recurrent expenditure – $3.07 billion

Personal expenditure – $840.9 million

Goods and services – $1 billion

Development programme expenditure – $1.5 billion

Minor equipment purchases – $90.7 million

Transfers and subsidies – $1.1 billion

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